American University of Beirut

Student Textbook Exchange Program

​Due to the economic crisis in Lebanon, textbooks required for coursework have become prohibitively expensive for many AUB students. To alleviate this problem to the extent possible, the University Libraries have decided to start and manage a Student Textbook Exchange Program.

The Program encourages the University community (students, alumni, faculty, and staff) to donate any AUB textbooks they may have in their possession (from the past 3 years) to make them available for current students.


  • Students, alumni, faculty, and staff will drop off textbooks they wish to donate at Jafet Library, Engineering and Architecture Library, Saab Medical Library, or Science and Agriculture Library (M-F from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm). Donors can also drop off the textbooks in the designated box at the Protection Office at Main Gate any time.
  • We would greatly appreciate it if course information is added on each donated textbook (course code, course number, faculty name, and semester the textbook was used). If needed, donors can contact or dial extension 2620 to coordinate the drop-off
  • AUB students in need of borrowing these textbooks will search for the needed textbooks via the University Library's Course-Reserves. Textbooks will be added to the Library's Course-Reserves as they are received. Students are encouraged to check the website every day. Borrowing is free of charge
  • Textbooks will be loaned to AUB students on a first-come-first-served basis up to one semester and be asked to return them before, or at the end, of the semester so other students can benefit from them. Students will need a valid AUB ID to check out donated textbooks

We very much hope that you (students, alumni, faculty, and staff) will consider donating the AUB textbooks that you may still have from previous recent semesters

Your generous donation will be of immense benefit to other fellow students. Only original, recent textbooks please; no photocopies. 

Donations, especially by current students and recent graduates who have the newest editions of textbooks, are needed for the initiative to succeed.

Thank you,

The University Libraries

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